GatorNation recruiting mailbag


It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum "The Chompions Club."

SECrocks2000: Which of the recruits will have the biggest impact when they first step on campus?

A: I’m tempted to say five-star offensive tackle D.J. Humphries. With Florida returning Xavier Nixon, Matt Patchan and Chaz Green, Humphries might not break the rotation immediately. He still needs to add weight to his 265-pound frame. So my answer is running back Mike Davis. With Florida losing speedsters Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey and returning two unproven backs in Mike Gillislee and Mack Brown, Davis will have a chance to compete for significant time immediately. Davis rushed for over 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior and is a very good receiver out of the backfield. One way or another he will contribute early and often.

Joakim4Prez9713: Is Mike Davis' commitment still solid? Haven't heard much from him lately?

A: I could tell you my opinion, but why not go right to the source? Here’s my conversation with Davis on Tuesday night:

Me: “Mike, I’m doing a recruiting mailbag and a fan asked if you were a solid commit to Florida. Can you answer that?”

Davis: “Florida fans have nothing to worry about. I’m going nowhere else unless something happens.”

Yes, Davis is considering other visits, but that’s at the advice of older brother James, who also went through the recruiting process. Florida has a need for a big-time running back and Davis could compete for a role immediately.

Nlecakes: Should we be concerned we no longer have Avery Young's last visit?

A: Offensive lineman Avery Young will take his official visit to Florida this week and will take his last visit to Georgia in December. Obviously every school wants to have that last visit, but Young being in attendance for a rivalry game with several other top prospects on hand is not a bad thing either.

The Gators have a chance to make an impression and set the bar high for his last visit. Florida has a clear need on the offensive line, and Young will undoubtedly be given a depth chart as soon as he steps foot on campus.

Alvarez16: Among Stefon Diggs (WR), Nelson Agholor (ATH), Josh Harvey-Clemons (OLB), Dante Fowler (DE), Noah Spence (DE) and Tracy Howard (DB), which ones do you think we have the best shot at?

A: Florida has positioned itself nicely to land anywhere from 2-4 of the prospects listed. This is not to say that UF doesn’t have a chance at all of them, but I’ll list Diggs, Agholor and Harvey-Clemons as most likely to sign with the Gators. Howard is high on Florida and Florida State, so expect the Gators to put the full-court press on him this weekend when he visits Gainesville for the annual state showdown.

Schnarr17: I want to know your thoughts on Meyer to OSU. How strong would he be in recruiting Florida?

A: Florida fans might not want to hear this but if Meyer does accept the Ohio State job, I believe he will have a very big impact in the state of Florida. Ohio State has had no problem coming down south and landing top talent (ie. LB Ryan Shazier was committed to Florida last year, but de-committed and signed with the Buckeyes).

Meyer was an excellent recruiter while at Florida, and with the connections he made in the state, I believe he would continue to recruit at a high level in Columbus, Ohio.

JasonWells: I've heard Bishop Kenny's big-time junior WR Ahmad Fulwood likes Oregon. Are the Gators going after him?

A: Without a doubt. Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) could possibly be the top wide receiver in the country for the 2013 class. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Fulwood is incredibly athletic for his size. Florida has already offered a scholarship, and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis visited Fulwood at his high school during UF’s bye week.

Fulwood will be in attendance for the Florida-FSU game this weekend, and he has already visited Florida earlier this year, so the interest appears mutual.